Monday, April 26, 2010

Quiet Clearing


This grove of trees appeared to me out of the fog as I rounded a corner on a winding back road somewhere in Goochland County. These trees all appear to have been planted at the same time - probably put there to replace a previous forest that had been harvested. I like the rhythms that are created by the repeated pattern of the trees as they recede into the mist. The old tree trunks lying on the ground in the foreground held my attention as well.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Peace Tree

This painting depicts a huge evergreen tree in the Constitution Forest outside of Lexington, Virginia. I pulled over in the deep fog to read the historical marker and stood underneath this old tree for quite some time. The marker reads as follows:
"In 1938, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the United States Constitution, the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the planting of Constitution Forest in this area. With the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the United States Forest Service, the memorial forest commemorates the Virginia framers of the Constitution. In 1987, the 45 acres of red and white pine seedlings have matured to a forest that provides protection for birds and other wildlife as well as for the watershed of the James River."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

St. Michael's Church Show

Here's the announcement for my current show which opened on Friday night the 9th of April. We had an excellent turnout and had to send out for more wine. The show will run through May 7th and showcases 6 new paintings, two recent paintings and one from the permanent collection at home. St. Michael's church has an ongoing artist exhibition schedule and invited me to show for the month of April. The church is at 8706 Quaker Lane in Bon Air, Virginia.

Crossroads

Crossroads is the first image in a series of paintings I just completed. This lonely old building sits on the edge of a pasture at the intersection of two county roads that stretch away in either direction outside of Lexington, VA. . I have decided to paint this entire series with a limited palette of five colors. Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Pale and Flake White. Seems to be working well and I can supplement with the occasional spot of color as needed.